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Howard treated for infection

Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:12 am
Edited on: February 29, 2012 11:17 am
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The Phillies won't say Ryan Howard had a "setback."

They will say that they're not sure when he'll be able to resume workouts.

However they phrase it, it can't be great news that Howard's surgically repaired Achilles tendon became infected.

Howard, who ruptured his Achilles tendon on the Phillies' final play of the 2011 playoffs, had a procedure done Monday to clean out the wound. Howard was then placed on antibiotics. The procedure was significant enough that Phillies athletic trainer Scott Sheridan said, "It'll be like a new wound."

The good news, Sheridan said, is that once doctors went in and looked, they found that the repaired Achilles tendon is "intact and not compromised."

Howard had been able to take batting practice and some other limited drills. He's not yet far enough in his rehabilitation for the Phillies to set a timeframe for his return, one of the reasons they can avoid talking about setbacks.

"I don't prefer to use that word," Sheridan said.

So will this keep him out of baseball activity for days, or weeks?

"I truly don't know," Sheridan said.

Howard, who went to Baltimore to see the doctor who operated on him, is expected back in Phillies camp this afternoon.
Category: MLB

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2012 8:41 am

Howard treated for infection

Ryan Howard was at the heart of the Phil's offensive woes last season. His strikeout rate was alarming. Pitching will dictate how far this team can go again and, while still formidable, the aces are getting old. They can easily weather the storm of Howard out of the lineup, and if Pence enjoys success in the clean up role, when Ryan returns he should bat 6th or 7th. I don't care how much they are paying him.

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 4:31 pm

Howard treated for infection

Wilson Alvarez stepped up for them during Utley's absence . . .
Wasn't Wilson Alvarez a pitcher?  Then again, so was Wilson Valdez one memorable day last season. . .

Were you making a subtle suggestion that Wilson V. will be the next Dominican player to get caught up in the false-names scandals?  If so, I guess Ruben traded him just in time . . .

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 2:38 pm

Howard treated for infection

Hmmm. He had 1 more hit than Uggla in 47 less AB's. Something seems a bit off with your arithmatic. Maybe if you had not dropped out of third grade, maybe you could post something more intelligent than COMICAL.

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 2:34 pm

Howard treated for infection

Too bad your brain never healed. If Howard was asking if you want fries with that order like you do for a living, I am sure he would be at work today.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:02 pm

Howard treated for infection

$25,000,000 million for a guy that gets 1 more hit every 100 AB's than Dan Uggla.......comical.......just comical.  

Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 7:01 am

Howard treated for infection

I'm not a doctor, but if the infection was near where the achiles tendoon surgery was, it is a pretty big deal. Also, they went in, which means they cut him open, doesn't it? Fortunately, they got to the infection before it got our of control. It's not uncommon for surgical wounds to become infected. If Ryan Howard can return to the Phillies camp this afternoon, and if he is not going to participate in baseball activities for some period of time, then I would say it is a setback.

If the Phillies plan to repeat as NL East champs, they need Howard in the lineup. Last year, Chase Utley was sidelined for quite a few games, now Howard. The Phillies seem to face some adveristy every year. They were also without Brad Lidge at the beginning of last season. Wilson Alvarez stepped up for them during Utley's absence. So, who is going to step up this year before Howard returns. It's like a soap opera.

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:21 am

Howard treated for infection

With him or with out him. The Phillies will not win the World Series this year any way. I love to see the Marlins or Brave win the division.

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:41 pm

Howard treated for infection

And in the last 5 years has the most RBI's and HR's in baseball. Look it up. How did Buster do last year by the way??

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:47 pm

Howard treated for infection

Can Howard be treated for the infection of wearing a Phillies uniform or perhaps there isn't a prescription for that terminal virus.  Get along now little Ryan and take some time this spring training to learn how to run out of the batters box without doing a face plant. 25 million a year...........comical........just comical 

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:48 pm

Howard treated for infection

Really??? Months and months and an infection?  I also had a ruptured achillies,     I di not miss a day of work... and I had a system doctor... not a million dollar doctor... what the hell
Really? What was your on base percentage at work? Oh wait, that's right you aren't a professional athlete.....

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